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Merry Christmas From Matmen!

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done…Another year over and a new one just begun…”

Sometimes I do wonder what I’ve done and what I’m doing with this site. I had a 75-minute phone call just this morning with my third son in Illinois, who’s excited that the peak of his year is concluding and glad for things to get back to normal. I could have that conversation every day there. Conversations with my two older sons, one who is engaged and another who is beginning home life with a live-in girlfriend. Happier than both have been in a long time, perhaps ever. I want to be a part of that happiness with and for them. What am I doing, what have I done?

“And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, the near and the dear one, the old and the young…”

I feel this Christmas attacking me to some extent. After the mishap with the car this week (and I was really serious as I noted on my FB page, if anybody has an extra car they’re not needing for a few weeks, it would really help me out, and it will be brought back in same if not better condition), I lost the motivation to wrap up decorations. The season doesn’t give me much time to start and I started too late (next year, I have to get things going mid-November).

“A very merry Christmas, and a happy new year, let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear…”

You guys do better than me on this part. I applaud your courage in the face of the pandemic to go out and do battle, and I’ve gone out as much as I can, but it’s been much harder. Much harder. All the time. I am always behind, ALL THE DAMN TIME. I can’t tell you how many stories, pieces of results, content you want to see just sits in a text file on my laptop for minutes to hours just because the work work keeps pouring in.

Even now, I’m only “caught up” because nothing new has come in on Georgia side that’s been wrestled this week (EDITOR’S NOTE: Not entirely true, Matmen guy, check yer email), and there are several big things that haven’t come in yet. (We’re not talking about #NextLevel just yet, I have my significant fears about that one).

Had I known my work work pace was going to double over the past three months, I would not have expanded to Orlando. But the decision was made, the work work pace doubled, and here we are. Behind.

“And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong, for the rich and the poor ones, the road is so long…”

While I’m not really down with the celebrating this go-round, I am going to try to not worry about what’s coming. About how far behind I feel. I am going to acknowledge the gratitude I have for the blessings I do have from this community. Several Orlando coaches, in particular, have expressed their thanks for my writing about them.

And then of course, there’s been new donations to acknowledge. Thank you very much for these!

  • Johan Olarte
  • Drew Lindsey
  • Mike DiTomasso
  • William Lamb
  • Kenneth DeFord
  • InspectzJax
  • Jason Weslager
  • William Pyburn
  • Nichole Smith
  • Steve Howard
  • Jonathan Smith
  • An anonymous coach donation

If you would like to donate to us, Venmo is the best way (shannon-heaton-6). I also have PayPal, which is functional too.

Page views are up substantially, on both sites, this year. Donations went fallow there for several months, but more recently have made many things possible and comfortable for me. Were it not for them — and a timely work work bonus paid out because we have worked, frankly, our asses off this year, I would be even more screwed with the car thing than I have been already.

So all the thanks go out to the donors and the readers, the recent and former ones, the old and the young.

2022 is coming whether we’re ready or not, and there will have to be some decisions to be made. None will be easy.

But until they have to be made, I want to thank you with trusting me with your coverage for nine seasons. I plan on a 10th. I hope there’ll be an 11th. Beyond that, who knows. I’m not going to worry about that now. Or at least try not to.

Because as John said, war is over if you want it. Even if the war is with your decisions.

Have a merry, merry Christmas, and a happy new year. (And reach out to me about the car thing; I can’t guarantee on-site coverage in 2022 as things stand right now).

Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.

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